The meaning of our website logo
This article will give a brief explanation of the meaning behind the design of our website logo, but this article might be a helpful illustration of some basic dispensational concepts in general.
One of the first things you will notice in the design of our website is an attempt to illustrate and distinguish the three basic people-groups whom God has administered: the Gentiles, Israel, and the Church. These groups occupy different portions of Scriptural history. We have chosen green for the color of Gentiles, a brown or burgundy for Israel, and blue for the Church. The prophesied Messianic Kingdom age is represented in yellow or gold, and all three people-groups will share in the blessings of that period when it arrives.
Of these three people-groups Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer says the following:
"Jehovah has loved Israel with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3), and concerning that people His gifts and calling are without repentance (Romans 11:29). In accordance with this eternal purpose, they are to be regathered, restored, and preserved forever (cf. Isa. 66:22; Jer. 31:36-37; Matt. 24:34). When it is once comprehended that God has an elect nation to whom He has made irrevocable covenants, which covenants are eternal in character, there will be a readiness of mind to follow the divine plan for this people through time and into eternity. Another means to clarification of mind is found in the separation in one's thinking of the Jews, the Gentiles, and the Church of God (1 Cor. 10:32; cf. Eph. 2:11 and Col. 2:11). These three classes of humanity are to be traced from their beginnings on through time and into eternity. Apart from the calling of individual Jews and individual Gentiles out from their original estate to form the Church, these groups never lose their identity, nor are they merged into something else. Israel has never been the Church, is not the Church now, nor will she ever be the Church. A form of Covenant Theology which would thread all of Jehovah's purposes and undertakings upon His one attribute of grace could hardly avoid confusion of mind in matters related to His varied objectives. Covenant Theology, in consistency with its man-made premise, asserts its inventions respecting an Old Testament church, which, it is claimed, is an integral part of the New Testament Church and on the ground that, since God's grace is one unchanging attribute, its accomplishments must be the realization of one standardized ideal. The Covenant theory does retain Israel as such to the time of Christ's death. The Church is thought to be a spiritual remnant within Israel to whom all Old Testament blessings are granted and the nation as such is allowed to inherit the cursings." - Lewis Sperry Chafer, Systematic Theology, Vol.4, pp.310-311
Our logo uses circles to represent complete dispensations. When a circle closes and touches the start of the next circle, this is meant to illustrate a point in time in which an era in Scriptural history--a dispensation--comes to an end and a new one begins. Below are the colored dispensations, with the titles of each dispensation.
You have probably noticed the dispensation of Grace "interrupts" the dispensation of Law for Israel. Dr. Chafer has made the following observation concerning this phenomenon:
"The disannulling of all Jewish purposes and distinctive features for an age renders a continuous-covenant conception objectionable. The Old Testament history leads on to its consummation in a glorious earthly kingdom in which the elect nation, Israel, will realize her covenants as promises fulfilled. It is, therefore, disruptive to a one-covenant theory to the last degree that a situation should be set up as it has been in this age in which it is said respecting Jew and Gentile that 'there is no difference' (Rom. 3:9; 10:12). . . . The introduction of an age as an intercalation into the midst of the predicted ongoing Jewish and Gentile programs and the new heavenly purpose which characterizes this age cannot be made to conform to a supposed single covenant. Thus it is seen how, to maintain the basic idea of a covenant theology, much that is vital in the whole divine purpose must be renounced and excluded in the interest of that which at best is only a theory; and among the neglected truths is the resurrection of Christ" - Lewis Sperry Chafer, Systematic Theology, Vol.5, p.233
His use of the term "intercalation" to describe the situation is a very good one. I've used "interrupt" and other such terms to describe this same feature of the dispensation of Grace. Israel was not told about this new age. It wasn't made perfectly clear until Paul taught about it (see Ephesians 3:1-11 and Romans 16:25-27 for example).
Something worth noting at this point is that a piece of the Old Covenant dispensation remains for Israel. This is why Israel will be observing temple worship in Jerusalem during the time. Israel is not scheduled to enter into a New Covenant relationship with God until the Kingdom is established (see Daniel 9:24; Jeremiah 31, etc.)
This feature of the dispensation of Grace forms the basis of pretribulational timing for the rapture event, mentioned by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-52.
And this is why, in the Bible, we find the early Christians teaching both a strict imminency (such as in 1 Corinthians 1:7, Philippians 3:20-21, etc.), while at the same time recognizing a brief period of tyranny would unfold immediately prior to the Lord's return (see 2 Thessalonians 2:8, etc.)
I hope this explanation has been helpful to you in understanding our logo and the color scheme of the website. But more importantly I hope it perhaps introduced people to some basic elements of Dispensational Premillennialism in a more general sense.
Here are the main charts which utilize the circles per above:
For an article demonstrating the pretribulational rapture of the Church from the Holy Bible, please click here.
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